Kel Gilligan is one tough little dude. They call him "the boy without fear." His "super scary stunts" include everything from eating broccoli to using the potty, dressing himself, taking a bath, not interrupting his mother while she talks on the phone, and going to bed without first checking the room for monsters. This last "stunt" doesn't go well and Kel ends up in bed with his parents, but saves face by declaring that he is there to protect them. The author and illustrator roll out all the stops to keep things crazed. For example,a video-camera display to capture the endurance test of the potty. Some illustrations simulate a video-camera display to heighten the dramatics, while the family gasps in awe: "He knows no fear!" A fantasy romp destined to please preschoolers and parents alike who are faced with getting through the day-to-day tasks that at times feel insurmountable. Preschool-Grade 2. --Randall Enos
Michael is a longstanding success on our Amulet list with bestselling series Sisters Grimm and NERDS. Here, he takes on a new, picture book audience with the sense of adventure he's known for.; For young children just mastering life tasks like potty training and getting dressed, this book highlights the bravery of tackling new things.; Young readers will laugh at the "daring" stunts that Kel pulls off, like eating broccoli and taking a bath. Michael has translated his boy directed humour to an age appropriate picture book that young boys especially will enjoy.; Kel is a charismatic character that readers will be drawn to. We're particularly successful with character driven picture books.
Michael Buckley is the bestselling author of The Sisters Grimm and NERDS series. He has also written and developed shows for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Channel. This is his first picture book. Dan Santat has illustrated Attack of the Fluffy Bunnies, Oh No! by Mac Barnett. He is also the creator of the Disney animated series The Replacements. Visit him at www.dantat.com.